Agriculture....

"Agriculture is the Backbone of our Nation"

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

REPORT FROM DAR 

“Economic and social growth is a laborious and slow process. Development is the accumulated result of intensive long term efforts. It is not enough that a nation desire development and economic maturity, any more than a child, in wishing, becomes a man. Time is required, and experience, as well as trial and error. The requirements and processes of nature cannot be ignored or evaded. The child must crawl, then walk, before it can run.  So, also, must a nation progress through successive stages of growth before the stage is reached where rapid and ever accelerating development is possible.” H.I.M Emperor Haile Selasie I.

May this find you all in a good place.

Shiriki organization volunteers preparing for trade fair at our workshop
This last July, H.I.M Negus Shiriki Community Based Organization sent two representatives to neighbouring Tanzania, for the Dar-e-salaam International Trade Fair. What an event!
At Dar-e-Salaam International Trade Fair, Tanzania.

In our last post we mentioned how we had been working with the Export Promotion Council (EPC) to improve upon the quality of our products, especially the sandals.  They also have been helping identify export market opportunities as well as providing advisory services regarding all matters related to international transactions. The Shiriki volunteers are thankfully more the wealthier for these experiences. It is through this link that we were able to feature at the Kenyan Pavilion, as one of the specially selected ten groups from different counties, to present our products to the international market. Sales from our items contribute to sustainability and the running of our community projects.
Faya Nganga tending to clients
The Organization was represented by Faya Ng’ang’a, a seasoned trader who has travelled to many fairs and exhibitions to raise awareness on our products. The products we speak of include clothing items, such as head wear, handmade scarves, sweaters, shawls, shirts, t-shirts, dresses, and sandals. The sandals are handmade, with woven straps, recycled fabric and recycled car tyre soles. We also make African jewelrely and ornaments, necklaces, bracelets, and accessories. The second representative was Githaka Karuri, yours truly. At the trade fair, we mainly featured the sandals.
Githaka welcoming Kenya government officials
The products were undoubtedly well received, and the creativity universally lauded. It is a resounding testimony to the hard work and committment that the Shiriki volunteers have put in to learn, share and carry on these skills. The hand-weaving for instance is an ancient tradition handed over through countless generations. It is our duty to perpetuate.

Serving the people
It was also an opportunity to learn more about the requirements of our clients, so that we may serve them even better. In addition to that, we had the opportunity to meet up with people with whom we have subsequently continued nurturing new relationships, based on trade, community work and mutual appreciation. It is in fact quite evident that it is through such interactions that the people of this continent and the world at large will continue forging healthy human interactions, and spreading goodwill. This is of course as long as we are not solely driven on by the monetary unit.
New acquintances
A BIG shout to all the people of Tanzania who were so gracious, welcoming and helpful through our stay. For unadulterated hospitality and friendly atmosphere, Tanzania is the place you want to go to. Especially to laid back coastal Dar-e-salaam. Melodic Swahili all around you, lots of witty banter. Genuine smiles and what about the local cuisine! We rate you,Tz.
Joyful interactions
It is our sincere intention that such excursions continue opening up doors so that the many talented people within our communities who have skills, or are willing to learn, can find outlets for their products. Handiwork and cottage industry is no doubt an area which still requires much support, hindsight, insight and foresight. Especially we need to ensure that ones can make a living, utilizing the raw materials available around them, to make items of international appeal and utility. H.I.M Negus Shiriki C.B.O volunteers will maintain at the vanguard. By grace.

AMANI, UPENDO NA HAKI! PEACE, LOVE AND JUSTICE!


Thursday, 11 June 2015

FORWARD ON...

"To make our wills obedient to good and to avoid all evil, is to show the greatest wisdom. In order to follow this aim, one must be guided by religion. Progress without religion is just like a life surrounded by unknown perils and can be compared to a body without a soul.

Knowing that material and spiritual progress are essential to man, we must work ceaselessly for the equal attainment of both. Only then shall we be able to acquire that absolute inner calm so neccessary to our well-being." H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Greetings of Love.

May this find you all in blessed heights.

Last time we interacted here, the volunteers at the H.I.M Negus Shiriki C.B.O community demonstration farm were preparing for the long rains, the clouds already hanging low and the heavens exploding in dramatic  displays of lightning and thunder. We have not been disappointed at all. The rains have pounded the earth relentlessly through April and May. As indicated in an earlier post, at the farm we have been proactively working throughout, and not waiting for the traditional planting seasons. The rains therefore found a number of crops already growing, boosting them to good effect. We naturally went on a planting spree to cover every single space which called for it. Working in this manner, ensures that throughout the year you are harvesting as well as putting more seed in the ground. Thankfully, the farm is currently a virtual forest of food!

At the H.I.M Shiriki C.B.O farm
When it rains and you have planted as appropriate, you get a respite from the land, to allow nature run her course with the germination process. What do you do then?

Well at Shiriki, the volunteers go full out to express their art potential. The creative juices are flowing freely, and you give yourself to it, enter the zone. This time we all set to explore new ground with the art products, from the sandals, personal ornaments and accessories, mosaics and others. As LIFE would have it, we got the opportunity to link up with the Export Promotion Council, an arm of the government trade ministry.

Rebecca and Joan, representing EPC, with Faya Nganga
 The Council aims to promote enterprising projects on the ground to step up a level and therefore reach their desired markets local and international. This takes in such aspects as product improvement, any required registrations, setting up exhibitions and helping link with both experts and buyers.
Ras Abasa, Faya Nganga and Sister Njoki are all ears as Joan takes them through the paces
H.I.M Negus Shiriki C.B.O was entered in the program with other enterprises throughout the country, and through a rigorous step by step assessment and elimination process, we are honoured to report that we are among the few left standing. We are currently preparing for two exhibitions, the regional one to be held in the capital, Nairobi, and the next international one in a different country. We will keep you posted on the developments.
Improved products
During this same period, some of the volunteers took time away for a working visit to the Kericho tea town, deep in the Rift Valley, right across the country. Sprawling tea farms as far as one can see, producing raw material for the brew which Kenya is worldwide famed for. Plantations upon plantations, and not a single food plant in sight.
Kericho welcoming committee
Anyway, our visit had little to do with tea. We went to install a mosaic we had been working on. For a whole year. The granite mosaic, created in the ancient method, is an epic forty square meters, and depicts the creation story as narrated in the Bible. The client for this is a newly elected Cathedral, the Sacred Heart, which is smack in Kericho town. The cathedral itself is a marvel of architecture and art , magnificent to behold. A truly humbling experience to be a part of this.

Man at work
The mosaic has been well received by the church going and the general public and it is our prayer that it will go on gladdening the hearts of many through generations, as well as inspiring those with artistic talent. A lot of appreciation goes to all those who participated along the way.

Art well appreciated
As you are reading this, we would like to reiterate one factor. That we maintain an open door policy to those who would wish to learn from any of the artistic or other endeavours we are engaged in. So if you are a young person from any walk of life looking to articulate your energies, reach out. There is a place for you. Of course we do not mean just young in age. Alternatively should you be an individual, group or organization with ideas or expertise to selflessly share with our community, come in.
Installing mosaic
We take this opportunity to thank all of you who have kept up with us through the reading of this blog. Good vibes coming from Ukraine and Russia, China, India, the US, Germany, Kenya, Greece, Belarus and all over. Keep it burning!

AMANI NA UPENDO. (PEACE AND LOVE).


Sunday, 12 April 2015

LIVING PARTNERSHIPS

"Let there be no mistake; in modern Ethiopia, each man must contribute. There is no protection from the demand that each man's worth be assessed by his achievements. Education and learning offer no escape from the obligation of toil. Social place and high birth provide no guarantee of soft hands and a life of ease and comfort. High origins are no passport to high positions. To those who contribute willingly, to the best of their abilities, who in sweat and toil work for the good of the nation, with little thought of self, to them much will be given, even to the governing of the land. Nor should anyone mistakenly believe that only in the cities can he serve his country. The greater need today is among the people, among those who work the soil, who provide the nourishment and sustenance on which Ethiopia feeds. The University National Service Program has pointed the way. Today's younger generation must maintain ties with the people who are the bulk and backbone of the nation. The problem of the many must become the problem of the few, for only in this way the progress we earn can be long lasting and real and of benefit to all" H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I.


True to the name Shiriki, the tasks that the volunteers at H.I.M Negus Shiriki C.B.O have taken on have cooperation as the foundation. For no bird can fly on one wing. We aim to be one with the WHOLE as we go about our day to day. One with our fellow humans, our whole environment and what is in it, one with the HIGHER intelligence that orders life.

Higher love
On a tangible level, we realize that finding and taking our place in the natural cycle involves pooling our energies together, for unto each are special gifts endowed, and thus together we complete the picture. In this vein, we seek to partner with all the various individuals and institutions who are discerning of the issues which are calling to be addressed. Winnie and David below are individuals who have joined arms with us to re-educate the community. Between them, they have tons of knowledge on indigeneous trees and natural farming.
Winnie and David
The work of the Shiriki organization’s volunteers focuses on helping to integrate  the strengths of our community, to ensure a suitable social, environmental and economical standard. The volunteers, being mostly youth themselves, are in cognition of the fact that youth consist of the bulk of the population. Within this group is the physical energy, literacy, and an unbridled enthusiasm for life, begging to be well directed. In the frame too are the elders, the reservoirs of ancient knowledge. Then the infants. From there we have the institutions which man, in wisdom, has put together to organize these strengths; groups, community development organizations, the government. Our living environment  in itself provides both the tools and materials, to go on creating.

Shiriki volunteers hard at work
The core partners are therefore the Shiriki volunteers who have come together, organized and centralized at Maragua, Kenya, to ensure that this spirit of cooperation in development is maintained for the benefit of all. I bow in respect, for the perseverance, hard work and selflessness that this group of youth continues to exhibit. The fruits of this are discernible at the farm where we engage ourselves in natural agriculture, community education and the arts. The efforts continue to be well appreciated within the immediate community and the wider community, who we are able to reach through the various means at our disposal.

Ras Muiruiri educating the youth
Beyond the actual members of the organization are the youth from the local and international scene who are progressively getting uplifted and involved in what we are doing. Through physical contact at our community demonstration farm, media, themed events, social networks, word of mouth and learning institutions, awareness is spreading.  The youth are reaping benefit from the availed opportunities to learn, earn, grow and share.
Chege, a community youth helping out at the Shiriki farm.
Our next partners are our fellow community members within the locality, as well as all those all over the world who are carrying on these same tasks, those with whom we have interacted and those we are yet to.  Through our three years in Maragua the avenues of cooperation with the community here have continued to expand. It is no doubt owing to the attitude of the volunteers; the progressive activities and sound human relations. It is as well owing to the openness of the people, who have embraced us and allowed us space for expression. Now through community forums, community outreach, social places such as markets, practical demonstration and farm visits and product exchange we are able to share seeds, knowledge, resources ,warmth and vision. We aim to play a part in benefitting the community through education, income generation, availability of better services and enhanced social interactions. To spread goodwill.

Farmers from the community come visiting
The efforts of the H.I.M Negus Shiriki volunteers have attracted the attention of development partners who work with our communities. Naturally it is easier for such institutions to work with groups who are already organized, as these are already focal points within the communities from whence knowledge, awareness and resources can be disseminated. We have been actively seeking such partnerships, for we recognize that there is mutual benefit, whereupon our capacity to apply ourselves to the task can be enhanced. At the same time these institutions get more access to the people on the ground and through these networks the opportunities for quality living in general are amplified. A special mention for the Biovision Farmers Communication Program for a truly living partnership.
The media crew from Biovision FCP
The government is our active partner, through its various organs. It is manifest that community development is assured when the people and the government work as a partnership. The people know their needs and aspirations best. The government is tasked with pooling resources and directing them towards addressing these pertinent needs. In this spirit, the ministries of youth, industry, agriculture and local government have and continue to work with us to serve the people. Through this partnership, the volunteers gain capacity building, networking and links, and forums to showcase and educate.
The County Water Engineer, a government representative.
How invaluable these partnerships are proving to be!

Dear Reader, it is only natural that we are meant to live heart to heart, and work hand in hand. The doors of H.I.M Negus Shiriki C.B.O are wide open. Follow your instinct…


PEACE.











Saturday, 7 February 2015

A THOUSAND WORDS

“The outlook and attitudes of Our people have undergone drastic changes during this year. The nation has come to modernity and maturity. The people have been educated, not so much by formal, classroom instruction, but as a consequence of an increasingly broad and general exposure of life in the twentieth century and the world around them, Ethiopia has awakened. Ethiopians now demand more for themselves than their fathers possessed. They have acquired the desire to improve their lot and that of their children. They are willing and anxious to change.

This is what we have labored throughout Our life to accomplish: to bring our people to the point of awareness of the demands of modern life, to arouse in them the ambition to progress, to stimulate their latent desire for advancement and improvement.

This has now been achieved, and with the natural resources with which Almighty God has endowed our nation, the path to development has been cleared and it’s vistas lie before us.” H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I

Much thanks for LIFE, precious.
Ras Abasa can not resist a nibble at a naturally grown 'miracle tree', Moringa Oleifera.
A picture can say more than a thousand words. Today, we take this opportunity to share with you a number of images depicting the livity amongst the H.I.M Negus Shiriki Organization volunteers, as we continue to engage our community in works of development.
Community Education
We are now experiencing the hottest period once again. A relentless sun shines her rays upon the earth, and rightfully so. This is the season for that. The sun ripens the fruits and dries the seeds produced during the previous short rains, that they may be ready to germinate with the imminent long rains, thus perpetuating the cycle.
Passion fruit!
For the farmers who have worked so hard on the land, there have been mixed results. We hear reports of places where the harvest has been abundant. At the Shiriki C.B.O farm, we are definitely not complaining. Thanks giving galore. With the farm giving forth generously, the need to obtain facilities for value addition becomes more glaring. This is for the purpose of food preservation, maintaining nutrition value, for hygiene and ease of distribution. A solar drier, grain mill, oven, and cane juicer are some of the items which will help elevate this  project to that next level. 

Fullness of the earth
 At the same time there is also less pleasant news of places where the rains were inadequate, and the crops failed. We empathize with the very sincere farmers. We also condemn the brainwash that has a majority of them still locked on mono-cropping, with maize being the most targeted seasonal crop. Failure of maize means widespread starvation. Yet there are varieties of crops suited to different regions, which would guarantee a better harvest. Cassava, sorghum, millet and such do better for drier areas. Bananas, arrowroots and peas do better for wetter areas.
Arrow root farm
It is with much gratitude that I convey a lively account of the runnings at the Shiriki Organization farm, as well with our community development endeavors. The volunteers at the farm are in wonderful spirits, and the progress continues to register, both in terms of our learning and implementing.
Sarah from Biovision and Susan of Youth Development demonstrating how to make biodegradable tree seedling bags
The sunny season has aided the fruition of our grams, sorghum, mangoes, arrowroots, cassava, ‘bush’ tomatoes and the ORIGINAL seed maize which we have been carefully nurturing. We implore you Dear Reader to adopt, as your responsibility, the preservation and nurture of all natural and premium seed which the wolf pack will not have pounced upon(no disrespect to real wolves). Posterity will be thankful for it.


Unadulterated maize variety

A lot of the community members and visitors from further afield are pleasantly uplifted to find out that we are growing the tomatoes and maize varieties which were grown in the ancient times. There is now a high demand for the seeds of many of the plants we have, including the herbs. Meanwhile, the research station continues to feverishly put out ‘improved’ varieties and feed them down the farmers’ throats through the government machinery. Disappear!


An abundance of sorghum
We continue to irrigate the crops which are currently growing on the land. There is quite a variety, consisting of tubers, grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices and trees. Currently our system of irrigation is mostly manual, fetching water from the canals with buckets. However, we do expect to obtain a mechanical means for irrigation before season’s end, to ease some of the labour and time taken. We are also consulting with the County Water Engineer on the optimum irrigation method for our specific portion, so that the visiting farmers may learn too.
Manual irrigation
Talking of visitors, we keep on being blessed with quality interactions on an everyday basis. From the immediate community members, the children and youth, government officials, organizations, interest groups to the international family. 
Receiving visitors
With them we are getting to share the warmth of sincere human relations. They are also deep fountains of knowledge from which we have been granted to quench! 
 Ndungu of Kenya Organic Agriculture Network and Lilian of Organic Foods come avisiting.
 Same way, the sharing has provided us with opportunities to testify of our experience and educate the community. This in itself is being much appreciated, and we are now getting many visitors who have been referred by others who came earlier. We are seeing the endeavor to utilize this farm as an institution for exchange of progressive attitudes unfolding. Let it be…
Extolling the benefits
The community education has however not been restricted to the one location. We have been organizing and attending community forums, markets, utilizing the media and generally keeping the fire burning on all fronts.
More Fire!
Recently, at the behest of the County government, we attended a big community get together,where we represented the voice and the works of the youth. There was major public acknowledgement of our labors, much encouragement.

Receiving a community award for positive example 
Veterans of the Mau Mau war for independence were particulary delighted to see that the same militancy is being carried on by a younger generation, applying our energies to where it is most critical.
Mau Mau freedom fighters
A lot of thanks to you Dear Reader for staying with us through this blog, facebook, e-mail, face to face and even mystical communication. Let us, together, keep the vibe alive.

May JUSTICE prevail.

PEACE.


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Reggae in the Mountains

“No people can make their full contribution to life of the nation to which they owe allegiance unless they possess and enjoy those few fundamental prerequisites to rendering their participation in the affairs of their country both possible and significant. The growth of a people is complex and interrelated. Man must be educated. He cannot come into grips with or cope with or understand the modern world unless he has been taught about it. He must be assured of a minimum economic security: he cannot concern himself with matters going beyond the day to day satisfaction of his physical needs unless he is fed and clothed and sheltered, nor can he acquire a sufficient degree of social consciousness to be able to subordinate his own personal interests to the good of the nation and the development of its society. Freedom, Liberty, the rights of man - these mean little to the ignorant, the hungry, the ill-clothed and the badly housed.” H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Ever thankful for LIFE.

Hoping this finds you, Dear Reader, very well.

First off, is to thank all of you who took up our invitation from our last post, and attended our last event in the physical. It is always good to link up, for the countenance of one brightens another’s. To all those who stand with the same principals of freedom and a higher natural living, including ones we have not been granted to meet in person yet, MAINTAIN!

A solemn moment of thanksgiving
The seventh day of December witnessed the members of the H.I.M Negus Shiriki C.B.O come out to the public, to allow more access for people to share the warmth of interaction and  natural wisdom. It was part of the continued materialization of our endeavors to reach to our community. This with a view to stimulating considerations as to how we can all unshackle ourselves from oppressive labors and live a more fulfilling life. We were joined by family, more volunteers and community workers, community members of all ages, as well as government officials.

The area government administrator representing
The event, dubbed Reggae in the Mountains and themed ‘Ukulima na Maendeleo’ (Agriculture and Development) took place at the Gakoigo Showgrounds, a government facility where public events such as national holidays, agriculture fairs, soccer matches and such are held.  The process of obtaining the facilities took us through the whole compliment of government hierarchy. All of them were happy with what we are doing to serve our community, and we were well attended to. For we are aware that successful community development is in effect a partnership between the people and the government. The people identify their need and commence on their efforts to fulfill them. The government joins in to support through infrastructure, expertise and other forms of representation.

The advertising poster
The build up to the event presented the volunteers with the opportunity to move to far reaches of the region to sensitize the people. These were useful excursions, giving opening to pledges towards visiting our farm. Some of these pledges are already bearing fruit.

Our intention was to gather the people through music vibes, and in this forum share with them the different aspects of our work. Through live performances, poetry, Dj mixing and a speech or two (strictly) we sought to express some of the inescapable truths facing us. Agriculture as the backbone to our survival, the power of collective security, the courage to stand for, and if ever need be, lose our physical bodies to ensure that our fellow man, creatures and creation as a whole moves free.

Distinguished in their dignity, the volunteers, in the true manner of an organized nation, represented the different departments. Agriculture, art, music, media and information and holistic living were among the fields showing.

The agriculture department showcased the fullness of the earth. There was a splendor of harvest dripping from the tables, a marvel in its lusciousness. Banana, including a rare red indigenous variety, whose seed we are re-establishing was prominent. As well, there was cassava, sugarcane, sorghum, lemongrass, oranges, zucchini, pineapple, avocado, spinach, cloves, coconut, and cinnamon to mention but a few. All naturally grown.

Natural vitals
The arts were represented in a most colorful display. On exhibition were sandals, clothing items, paintings, ornaments and jewellery, mosaics and more. It is ultimately satisfying to affirm that the people, and especially the youth can actually realize their economic sustenance from utilizing their art skills. It proves that the avenues for self-reliance are wide open. It is subsequently appropriate to nurture quality and then to support the same through purchasing local.
Art display
One of the main highlights of the occasion was the food table, where the Shiriki volunteers not only served up a feast, but also valuable education on nutrition and health. From the naturally grown variety, we offered banana cakes, cassava chapati, arrow root bhajia, boiled sweet potatoes, numerous fruit, and herb teas brewed in an African pot on the spot. Alternatively, you could chew on a piece of sugarcane or heal with fruit and vegetable juices.

The satiation
There was a rich library of published material dealing with various pertinent topics; wisdom of ages, natural living, organic farming, herbal healing and practical skill. In addition, the attendants were able to share tips on issues affecting our ecosystems and environment in general, even take a tree seedling home.
Some took time to gather knowledge
Music was served up by the lively Jah Living Fire Crew, Djs and mike chanters. Rarely is serious business presented in such a palatable manner, yet they effortlessly managed to do it. The audience appreciated the deliberate intention to use this medium strictly as a tool for alerting the consciousness. The Fire Crew delivered this while simultaneously exemplifying the talents and hard work which goes into any task to make it a success.

Jah Living Fire DJ Ngloss
In recap, an event such as this provides an occasion for healthy community contact, showcases the ongoing works of the volunteers, gifts the people the chance to inquire, exposes talents, opens trade opportunities, and sets more stepping stones for continued mutual development and growth.
The presentation
We are thankful for all the volunteers who, through grace and good intention open up their hearts and with it all their faculties and strengths that these works can be tended to. We are truly humbled to be a part of this.

Our invitation to you Dear reader, to join hands as we move forward, stands.

Forever Peace.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

RHYTHMS, RHYMES AND SEASONS

“Every labourer is a father, his labour his child. Choose your project wisely and achieve it worthily.
Once a man has decided on his life’s work and is assured that in doing the work for which he is best endowed and equipped, he is fulfilling a vital need, what he then needs is faith and integrity, compiled with a courageous spirit, so that no longer preferring himself to the attainment of his task, he may address himself to the problems he must solve in order to be effective.” H.I.M Haile Selassie I.

Nature has ways of articulating her rhythm, her heartbeat. In turn, everything rhymes with this flow and the course of events unfolds. Our willing oneness with this pulse determines whether we are within the order, or wallowing in chaos. Still, life’s cycle spins.

Torrential rains over the land
Things have gone full circle and the rains are here with us. How the heavens pour! It is time for the short rains. In this part of the tropics, there are two defined rain seasons, the ‘long’ and the ‘short’. The former commences mid-March running to early June, while the latter occurs between mid-October and early December.

The long rains signal the main planting season. During the short rains farmers may opt to sow, especially when the crop is not projected to go beyond the next February, when you have to be preparing for the next main season. Alternatively you plant crops which germinate with the short rains and fruit with the long rains, the annuals. Every opportunity of course allows for the planting of trees.
Volunteers planting lemon trees
Here at the Shiriki Organization farm in Maragua, Kenya, we glory in the commencement of a new season, and all it brings with it. We have gone ahead and planted every single inch of this soil, to ensure optimum utilization. Owing to the fact that we are not absolutely tied to seasonal crops, we strive to take full advantage of the showers, putting in new crops and embracing the boost to the growing and long term crops.

With these rains, we have planted cassava, sorghum, kidney beans, cowpeas, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, hibiscus, lemongrass, pumpkin, and various vegetables. We have also transplanted our ‘bush’ tomatoes and chillie seedlings. In addition, we have planted trees from our nurseries, including lemon, sour sop, jackfruit, tree tomato and moringa.
A patch planted with potatoes and banana
Already there were crops planted off-season, which we have been tending through irrigation. Among these are arrowroots, maize, cassava, sugarcane, sorghum and different vegetables.  Also growing are a variety of herbs, ginger, garlic, spring onion, coriander and more lemongrass. It is our intention to lease more lands with the next season to express the strengths with which we have been gifted.

Usually the most involving time on the land is when getting ready for a new planting session. It calls for tilling of the land, manure making and collection and seed preparation. As we continue restoring the natural state of land, we are also progressively inclining more towards conservation agriculture, where we will effect minimal disturbance of the soil as we plant. This will help preserve the minerals and organisms, which in addition to manure, mulching and crop rotation will ensure a more consummate ecosystem. There is less labour for the farmer too, as you don’t have to turn the soil on the whole farm or do massive weeding. Full mulching suppresses the weeds.

Mosaic team at work
After planting, when the rains are in full song, the farmer gets a respite from the farm work and one can concentrate on other endeavours, in our case, the arts. Currently the mosaic team is full steam ahead with a granite mural project. All the volunteers are fully engaged, weaving, making sandals, ornaments, cloth items and all the various other arts. Schools are out too, so there is no shortage of learners.
Young learners
During this period there are intensified efforts to reach out to art buyers, through, fairs, local and international markets, various marketing procedures and word of mouth.

Mandrill-finished mosaic art product
 It is also a season where the volunteers take time to organize events and exhibitions.These serve both as forums to share the various aspects of natural living with our communities, as well as provide opportunities for trading our arts. Music rhythms and rhymes galore.

This Dear Reader, is your official invitation…


LOVE and LIGHT always.

Followers